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Detroit News’ Nolan Finley: Democratic Lt. Gov. candidate Lisa Brown is “milking the vagina business”

Keep it classy, Nolan

Detroit News editorial page editor and columnist Nolan Finley is known for his anti-Democrat, pro-corporate positions. His sharp-elbowed jabs at Democrats and liberals are part of his persona. However, his most recent effort to denigrate Democrats, in this case gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer and his running mate Lisa Brown, is beyond the pale, even for him.

Finley is typically derisive in his characterizations of Schauer and Brown, calling Schauer “colorless” (compared to Republican Governor Rick Snyder, Mark Schauer is vibrantly Technicolor) and Brown “confrontational” with a “reputation for snarkiness, if not downright rudeness”. He describes both of them as tax-and-spend liberals in the pocket of unions (despite the fact the Michigan Republicans have raised taxes on over half of Michigan taxpayers.) It’s classic rhetoric from a Republican water carrier.…

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Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan has its eye on elected officials

New campaign will hold elected officials accountable for voting against the best interests of women and their health.

Feeling frustrated or discouraged over the new abortion insurance law that went into effect in Michigan this week? Well, here’s something to lift your spirits — and revive your determination to fight.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan (PPAM) has launched a comprehensive grassroots campaign designed to hold elected officials accountable for voting for policies that negatively affect women’s health, restrict access to healthcare services and unnecessarily interfere with private medical decisions.

The Michigan Women are Watching campaign is a response to the unprecedented number of attacks on women’s healthcare in Michigan and across the country.…

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GUEST POST: Pam Byrnes on the importance of electing more women in 2014 – “Two words: Rape Insurance”

A woman’s place is in the House. And the Senate. And …

One of the most closely watched races of 2014 is the one for Michigan’s 7th Congressional District which pits Republican incumbent Tim Walberg against former state House Speaker Pam Byrnes.

The contrast could hardly be more stark.

On nearly every issue you wish to name, Tim Walberg is on the wrong side of it. However, there are few issues on which he is more out of step with is constituents than on women’s issues. Whether it’s voting for bills to restrict a woman’s access to a safe and legal abortion or voting against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, there was Tim Walberg, voting against women.…

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Senator Gretchen Whitmer’s personal story of sexual assault falls on the deaf ears of male Republicans senators

Photo by Anne C. Savage

Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer spoke to the state Senate before their vote on the odious, anti-woman “Plan Ahead for Your Rape” rape insurance bill this week. During her speech, she went off script and told her personal story of being sexually assaulted 20 years ago. It was a powerful, emotional moment. She wasn’t the only one but her speech has gone viral because of its passion and intensity.

There are people in this chamber who have lived through things that you can’t even imagine. I have a colleague who I was trying to encourage his story, but he’s still grieving.…
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Michigan Republicans pass “Plan Ahead for Your Abortion” law

Michigan Republicans: Drunk with power, anti-women

As Amy and I have been writing about for quite some time now, Michigan Right to Life was able to gather enough signatures representing just 4.2% of Michigan voters to put a bill before the state legislature to force women to buy a special rider on their health insurance to cover abortions. They did this through an infrequently used device called the “indirect initiated state statute” which I describe in detail HERE.

Today, Republicans in the House and Senate passed the bill which now becomes law. It does not require the signature of Governor Rick Snyder who vetoed similar legislation last year because it does not make exceptions for cases of rape or incest.…

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PODCAST: Eclectablog’s Amy Lynn Smith with Tony Trupiano on Right to Life’s “Rape Insurance” law

Today’s podcast is a conversation between Tony Trupiano and Eclectablogger Amy Lynn Smith. They discuss the Right to Life’s odious petition drive to force women to purchase a separate rider on their health insurance to cover safe, legal abortions. It’s been called the “Plan Ahead for Your Abortion” law or the “Rape Insurance” law because it forces women to literally plan ahead for having an abortion, something that no woman does and because it makes no accomodation for women who become pregnant after being raped or a victim of incest.

Her original post on this topic is HERE where she explains why this is not subject to a second veto by Govenor Snyder and expresses the will of less than 4% of Michigan voters.…

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Impending “Plan Ahead for Your Abortion” law initiated by just 4.2% of Michigan voters is opposed by most Michigan voters

Sorta like gerrymandering, when you think of it

As I wrote about in my now-viral piece “Michigan about to require women to buy “rape insurance” based on petition signed by 4.2% of voters”, a new law will likely go into effect in the near future in Michigan that will require women to plan ahead for their abortions — even if they are the result of rape or incest or an accident — and buy a special rider if they want their health insurance to cover it.

Turns out that, despite the fact that a scant 4.2% of voters in Michigan are responsible for making this a law, more voters in Michigan oppose it than support it :

About 47 percent of likely voters oppose an effort by Right to Life of Michigan to ban insurers and employers from covering abortion procedures in basic health insurance plans, while 41 percent said they support the initiative and 13 percent were undecided, according to the poll, whose numbers were rounded up.…
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Michigan about to require women to buy “rape insurance” based on petition signed by 4.2% of voters

The War on Women continues…

Graphic by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog.

NOTE: this post has been corrected as noted below. There is also an update with a link to Planned Parenthood’s petition.

Thanks to a petition drive that resulted in 4.2% of Michiganders voicing their minority opinion, Michigan is about to become a place where women have to plan ahead for their abortions. If you become pregnant accidentally or if you are raped and become pregnant and haven’t purchased a separate abortion coverage rider on your health insurance, you won’t be covered. This isn’t just for state government insurance plans or those purchased on the health insurance exchange.…

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Forced-birth group Right to Life of Michigan succeeds in bypassing voters to enact “Plan Ahead for Your Abortion” law

When you don’t have the support of the voters of Michigan, you have to go around them. Or OVER them.

Graphic by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog.

Last May, I wrote about how the forced-birth group Right to Life of Michigan, furious that Governor Snyder had vetoed the “Plan Ahead for Your Abortion” legislation send to him by the legislature, was circulating petitions to do an end run around Governor Snyder and Michigan voters. This women-specific, women-only law requires women who want insurance coverage for abortions to purchase that coverage as a separate insurance rider. In other words, you have to plan ahead for your abortion.…

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Burnt Orange Report’s STAND WITH TEXAS WOMEN webpage: your source for what’s happening in the Texas War on Women

All eyes are on Texas

My pals at Burnt Orange Report have published a new website where you can follow all of the goings-on in Texas in the Republican’s War on Women. It’s called STAND WITH TEXAS WOMEN.

Their announcement after the jump.

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